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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Shirley MacLaine
On this day in history 81 years ago was born the latest incarnation of Shirley MacLaine, who has said that in a previous incarnation she slept with Charlemagne, who, according to Burke’s Peerage, was a direct ancestor of Al Gore, which would seem to mean. . . but never mind.

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QT all’s well that ends wells update

Fracking Quakes
News Headline: “Scientists strongly link fracking with earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma.”
We know, we know.
But where is the downside?

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QT Latest Carjacker Who Didn’t Know How to Work a Stick Shift Worldwide Pinpoint Locator

Stick Shift
10:10 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at 2379 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee.

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This just in, a day or so ago. . . .

Terrorist Caught
News Headline: “Terrorism suspects caught following German request.”
And K.R., a Baltimore reader, for one, wonders what the Germans were requesting of the terrorists.

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QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Yellowstone Magma
University of Utah scientists have announced the discovery of “a deeper and bigger magma reservoir in the lower crust” that “doesn’t exactly match up with our expectations.”

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They must know what they’re doing

Buddy 2
A spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on attempts to strengthen security there:
“We’ve increased patrols, we’ve increased our police presence, and we’ve also increased our K-9 and dog-sniffing units, as well.”
And why a unit would be assigned to sniff dogs, we may never know.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Sentence Diagram
K.W., a Denver reader, writes:
“Could we readers have some instruction on the use of ‘it’s’ and ‘its’? And ‘any more’ and ‘anymore’–one word or two?”
It. It’s a settled matter how its uses differ.
Anymore.  The British tend to stay with two words. But in the U.S., any more than one word, when used as an adverb, isn’t necessary anymore.
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that it isn’t “a penny for your thoughts” but a “penny for your thought”?
Not yet.
But we’re getting there.

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QT Summer Travel Advisory

Taste of Omaha
Forty-one days remain until Taste of Omaha.

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QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Vote Count Countdown
The latest trend changes for potential Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker:
Down to up to sideways to sideways to sideways, down to up to sideways to down to sideways, up to sideways to sideways to up to sideways, sideways to down to up to down to sideways, sideways to down to sideways to down to sideways, up to sideways to down to up to sideways, up to down to up to up to sideways, sideways to down to up to up to sideways, sideways to down to up to sideways to sideways, down to up to up to sideways to sideways.
Respectively.
With 574 days to go.

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Asteroid of the month

Asteroid
News Headline:
“Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was last May.
And has it been nearly a month since a bus-sized asteroid came dangerously close?
Nah. Two weeks.
Asteroid 2015 GU was discovered late Saturday.
It passed Sunday between Earth and the moon.
A little closer to Earth than the moon, best we can tell.

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